Oct. 6, 1997
Spartan's Look to Spike This Weeks Opponents
DATE OPPONENT SITE
Oct. 7 USA VB (Exh.) Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Oct. 10 Purdue Intercollegiate Athletic Facility, West Lafayette, Ind.
Oct. 11 Ohio State St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Coach Erbe has led MSU to a 95-52 record in four plus seasons.
Michigan State's Chuck Erbe (Cal State Fullerton, 1972) is 95-52 in his fifth season as head coach at Michigan State and 408-173-3 overall in his 17th year as a head coach.
Joey Vrazel (Texas A & M, 1984) is 28-47 in her third year as Purdue's head coach and overall.
Ohio State's Jim Stone (Ball State, 1975) has a 350-150 record in his 16th season at the school and is 400-192 in his 19th year as a head coach.
SCOUTING THE TEAMS
Ohio State travels to Purdue on Wed., Oct. 8. Purdue is 7-8 overall, 0-4 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers fell to Iowa, 15-12, 13-15, 3-15, 5-15 and Minnesota, 15-13, 6-15, 10-15, 11-15 last weekend in their first Big Ten road trip and have lost seven of their last eight matches. Purdue has four hitters averaging more than three kills per game, led by freshman outside hitter Katie Gibbons. Sophomore Kelly Coangelo is averaging 2.22 digs for the Boilermakers while sophomore Taryn Catlin tallies 12.5 assists per game.
Ohio State is 10-6 overall, 1-3 in the Big Ten. Head coach Jim Stone won his 400th career match with OSUs victory over Iowa last weekend, 15-2, 15-11, 15-13. OSU also played at Minnesota, losing 4-15, 10-15, 12-15. Ohio State is led by senior outside hitter Vanessa Wouters with 5.2 kills per game and sophomore setter Jen Flynn with 12.9 assists and 2.7 digs per game.
Purdue leads the series over MSU, 31-13, however the Spartans have won the last seven matches. In the last meeting between the two teams, Michigan State won on Oct. 30, 1996, 3-0.
Ohio State leads MSU 26-15 in their series. In the teams last meeting on Nov. 8, 1996, the Buckeyes were victorious, 3-1.
MSU SET TO PLAY USA NATIONAL VB TEAM
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Michigan State volleyball team travels to Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. for an exhibition match with the USA National Volleyball team, featuring former MSU All-American Val Sterk. Sterk will be presented with the 1997 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.
Veronica Morales had eight kills and 11 digs against Northwestern.
STATE DEFEATS NORTHWESTERN, SUFFERS LOSS TO MICHIGAN
No. 16 Michigan State defeated Northwestern 15-6, 12-15, 15-10, 15-6 in Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday, Oct. 5. MSU won game one 15-6, lost a see-saw battle in game two, then came back to win games three and four to take the match. MSU set its season high for block assists (30) and total team blocks (19).
Leading the way for the Spartans was Jenna Wrobel with 15 kills, six blocks and five digs. Christie Landry had an excellent match, tallying 14 kills and seven blocks while Veronica Morales had eight kills and 11 digs. She moved into third place on the MSU all-time digs list with 1,250 career digs.
On Friday, Oct. 3,the Spartans lost to in-state rival Michigan 15-13, 9-15, 3-15, 9-15 in Ann Arbor on Friday night. MSU came out strong in game one, winning 15-13. The Spartans endured a 7-0 Michigan run before going on a 9-2 run of their own to win the game.
Game two saw Michigan come back strong, keeping the ball alive with excellent defensive digs, while games three and four saw MSUs offense misfire. The story of the match was service errors. MSU had 10, Michigan only two.
Jenna Wrobel tied a season high with 24 kills for the match. Veronica Morales had 13 while Christie Landry tallied 11. Landry also ended up with six blocks.
SPARTANS ON TV
Four more Michigan State volleyball matches will be televised this season: November 14 at Illinois (ESPN2); Nov. 16 at Wisconsin (SportsChannel); and Nov. 28 vs. Penn State (ESPN2).
**MSU SEASON NOTES **
MSU VERSUS TOP 25
No. 16 Michigan State has a 2-3 record against ranked opponents this season. MSU lost to then No. 15 Southern California on Aug. 30 and fell to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 12. On Sept. 26, MSU lost to No. 11 Wisconsin. The Spartans victories came against No. 15 Loyola Marymount on Sept. 13 and No. 25 Illinois on Sept. 28. RECORDS OF NOTE
*With her 11 digs on Sunday, Veronica Morales moved into the No. 3 on the all-time digs chart with 1,250 career saves. Morales needs 44 digs to move into second place.
*Morales is 82 attempts away from breaking MSUs all-time mark in that category. Currently Morales is in second place with 4,290 attempts. The record is held by Becky Belanger with 4,371. *Jenna Wrobel is now fourth on the all-time kills chart with 1,273 career kills after Fridays 24 kills at Michigan and 11 at Northwestern. She needs 246 kills to move into No.3, currently held by Val Sterk with 1,518. *Wrobel moved into the No. 6 spot on the all-time attempts chart with 3,045 career attempts, after totaling 35 on Sunday. She needs 39 attempts to move into the number five spot.
HOME SWEET HOME?
Michigan States streak of 20-consecutive home wins in Big Ten conference play came to an end on Sept. 26 as the Spartans lost to Wisconsin, 1-3. MSU had last lost a conference home match to, yes, Wisconsin, on Nov. 26, 1994. MSUs loss to USC snapped a 14-match home winning streak for the Spartans. MSU is tough at Jenison Field House where it has posted a mark of 36-4 (.900) since 1995.
After posting a 20-0 mark at home in 1995, the Spartans went 13-2 in the old barn in 96, losing to Texas and Stanford in a season-opening tournament. Overall, the Spartans have posted a 44-16 (.733) record at home since moving to Jenison Field House in 1993.
ERBE EARNS 400TH WIN
Spartan head coach Chuck Erbe won his 400th career match against Duquesne in the Michigan State Invitational, 10-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-5. Erbe, who is in his fifth season at MSU, has a 17-year career mark of 408-172-3. Erbe has guided the Spartans to three-straight NCAA Tournaments and back-to-back Big Ten titles. The 1995 Big Ten and AVCA National Coach of the Year, has a record of 95-52 at MSU.
Erbe, who spent 12 years as the head coach at USC (1976-77/79-88), has guided his teams to postseason appearances in 14 of his 16 seasons in the collegiate ranks. He won four national titles with the Trojans, capturing three AIAW Championships (1976, 1977, 1980) and the first-ever NCAA Championship (1981).
MORALES NEW ALL-TIME KILL LEADER
Senior Veronica Morales earned kill No. 1,670 in game two of MSUs match vs. Wisconsin to break the Michigan State record for all-time career kills. The previous record of 1,669 kills was held by Becky Belanger. Morales finished the match with 17 kills. She now has a career total of 1,724.
WROBEL: ALL-TOURNAMENT X 4
Jenna Wrobel was named to her fourth all-tournament team at the Kentucky Conferenc Challenge. Wrobel earned MVP honors at the Kentucky Conference Challenge. Previously, Wrobel was named to the all-tournament team at the UC Santa Barbara Bellomo Classic, the Michigan State Invitational and the Goff/MSU Volleyball Classic.
MILESTONE FOR WROBEL
Junior outside hitter Jenna Wrobel had 24 kills in MSUs win over Duke to reach the 1,000-kill mark in her career. Wrobel, who is the ninth player in Spartan history to reach that plateau, has totaled 1,273 kills in her three-year career to rank fourth on the all-time chart.
HOME WINNING STREAK SNAPPED
MSUs loss to USC snapped a 14-match home winning streak for the Spartans. MSU is tough at Jenison Field House where it has posted a mark of 35-3 (.921) since 1995.
After posting a 20-0 mark at home in 1995, the Spartans went 13-2 in the old barn in 96, losing to Texas and Stanford in a season-opening tournament. Overall, the Spartans have posted a 43-16 (.729) record at home since moving to Jenison Field House in 1993.